Friday, November 12
I am typing this from my hotel in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. After mentoring pastors and church leaders here today, I will begin the journey back to Chicago. My summarizing feeling about this Latin American speaking tour is gratitude.
What a privilege it is to link arms with so many courageous pastors in this part of God's world. Many pastors I have been mentoring on this 13-day trip have seen a level of human suffering that I have never witnessed. Many have had to lead their churches through devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and mudslides. Several pastors I know in Central America had to take their churches underground when their governments collapsed or were overrun by military rebels. Most pastors here are underpaid and overworked. Yet, hundreds of them show up at the Global Summit and other training events we offer, simply because they want to become better leaders to the congregations God has called them to lead.
I am humbled by their dedication and tenacity. I am grateful to God that I get to encourage leaders and build into leaders for a few weeks each year- and they build into my life as well.
By: Bill Hybels (@BillHybels)
Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church